SEC, GE Power partner to promote research in power sector

The two agreements are part of SEC’s ongoing collaboration with GE to promote R&D in the power generation sector.
Updated 09 November 2017
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SEC, GE Power partner to promote research in power sector

The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) and GE Power have signed two technical agreements to promote scientific research and development (R&D) for the power sector in the Kingdom. The collaborations will identify innovative solutions to develop and install new systems that will boost gas turbine efficiency and productivity. The research will also focus on reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel combustion.
Khalid Al-Rashed, executive vice president of engineering and projects, SEC, said: “The first agreement aims to promote research that will help reduce the cost of power generation and power plant maintenance. The second will focus on installing a new system of fuel additives in gas turbines to reduce the water-washing cycle and increase capacity by reducing the amount of ash that results from fuel consumption during the power generation process. The agreements highlight our commitment to leverage advanced technologies to reduce costs and dependence on oil resources, and to meet environmental standards.”
The two agreements are part of SEC’s ongoing collaboration with GE to promote R&D in the power generation sector. “It underlines the commitment of both companies to drive a culture of localized innovation and to identify cutting-edge solutions that will help boost the efficiency of the Kingdom’s power infrastructure,” a press statement said.
“We have a long-term relationship with SEC, and we are committed to further strengthening it through these technical collaboration agreements,” said Hisham Al-Bahkali, president and CEO, GE Saudi Arabia & Bahrain. “The focus on localized R&D to enhance the efficiency and productivity of the power sector supports the goals of Saudi Vision 2030.”
“The new agreements underline our commitment to co-create localized solutions that will support the Kingdom’s power infrastructure,” added Eissa Aqeeli, president & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in Saudi Arabia. “We are confident the collaborations will lead to innovative solutions that will benefit SEC and the Kingdom — not only through greater optimization in resource use but also by nurturing the skills of Saudi professionals in energy-sector research.”
GE and SEC have long supported the development of Saudi Arabia’s power generation sector by bringing industry-leading innovations to the country. In 2016, GE and SEC inaugurated the Saudi PowerGen Efficiency Center (SPEC) for gas and steam turbines, which is operated by SEC across its power plants.


Matthew Fitzpatrick wins Omega tournament

Updated 21 October 2018
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Matthew Fitzpatrick wins Omega tournament

The 2018 Omega European Masters ended in Crans-Montana with victory for Matthew Fitzpatrick of England. This is the 18th year that Omega has title-sponsored the competition. The watch brand said it was thrilled to watch as Fitzpatrick played through the tournament’s final day to take home the winner’s check, trophy, red championship jacket and an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometer. 

The 41mm watch features a symmetrical 18K Sedna gold case and a sun-brushed brown dial with a distinctive horizontal “teak” pattern. There is also a date window at 6 o’clock and 18K Sedna gold hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. Presented on a brown leather strap, the timepiece is powered by the Omega Master Chronometer caliber 8901, certified at the industry’s highest standard for precision and performance by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). 

Raynald Aeschlimann, president and CEO of Omega, said: “We’d like to congratulate Matthew Fitzpatrick on his superb victory this week. It’s not easy to hold your nerve over four days, so his win is a true sign of the precision and patience that Omega admires. Thanks also to all the players who have made this another very memorable year.” 

The final round of the tournament on Sunday also began with a special announcement from Omega, revealing that the 2019 Omega Masters will feature the brand’s three male golfing ambassadors, Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood. 

Originally known as “The Swiss Open,” the Omega European Masters is renowned for its heritage, famed winners and majestic mountain scenery that delights players and spectators every year. 

Although it was first played in 1923, this competition has been title sponsored by Omega since 2001.